King & Wood Mallesons Reviews

Updated 25 May 2020

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3.3
63%
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74%
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King & Wood Mallesons CEO Sue Kench
Sue Kench
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "flexible hours, good working environment asides from the boss(in 16 reviews)

  • "I worked in the UK office IT was great they looked after us with the free lunch(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours may be an issue sometimes(in 22 reviews)

  • "With a bad manager: overworked, no work/life balance, micromanaged, toxic environment(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solicitor in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The variety of work and training is excellent.

    Cons

    No onsite subsidised cafe in Brisbane.

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    King & Wood Mallesons2019-10-11
  2. "Great Team Culture"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leadership was great and instilled confidence

    Cons

    Lacking a mature governance framework

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    King & Wood Mallesons2020-04-23
  3. "Research the culture and manager (reporting line) before joining"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    With a good manager: work / life balance is possible, pay is good, good perks (gym membership, cafe), given autonomy and freedom in achieving outcomes, client-facing (and no shortage of work which is good)

    Cons

    With a bad manager: overworked, no work/life balance, micromanaged, toxic environment

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    King & Wood Mallesons2020-02-10
  4. "Law firm review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Training Consultant in Sydney

    I have been working at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Team environment with lots of perks

    Cons

    Too many levels to go through for decisions to be made

    King & Wood Mallesons2020-02-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, old school mentality"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King & Wood Mallesons full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture with kind people who genuinely want to get to know you - Benefits (gym membership, flu vaccinations, generous referral scheme)

    Cons

    - Many business actions are based on tradition. It’s very hard to get a new idea implemented as all partners/heads of/managers have been around for at least a decade and are averse to change - Although remuneration is usually “above market”, it is difficult to see where performance aligns with reward. In many instances, under-performers are compensated the same as those meeting their KPIs. This is namely due to supervisors wanting to avoid having a difficult conversation - Fee earner (legal) versus Fee burner (Tech, HR, Finance etc) still exists

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    King & Wood Mallesons2020-01-29
  6. "High turnover, bad culture"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solicitor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highly acclaimed in Sydney. Good opportunity to meet exciting clients and move on to better companies.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, staff don't hang around, low pay for horrid hours

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    King & Wood Mallesons2020-01-16
  7. "Horrible place to work"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate 

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They give you free gym and subsidized food and coffee in their personal cafeteria.

    Cons

    It has to be the most worst run top tier law firm I have ever seen. I’ve worked in a number of other law firms and they have proper processes in place from systems to precedents but kwm is all over the place. No proper support and they treat their employees like animals. It’s quite sad. If you want to kill yourself for nothing then I recommend joining kwm. They do this because they are scared of the market and are always on the back foot to try and catch up to the other five. Their partners are losing touch with the general counsels from clients so losing a fair bit of money.

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    King & Wood Mallesons2019-11-28
  8. "Great place to work."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King & Wood Mallesons part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    KWM is a vibrant workplace with challenging matters, kind and experienced co-workers and an inspiring and inclusive workplace culture.

    Cons

    None. I love working there.

    King & Wood Mallesons2019-08-24
  9. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader - Mailroom in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice friendly people, busy environment

    Cons

    1 or 2 uptight people who ruin the place

    King & Wood Mallesons2019-08-20
  10. "Great firm and job but long hours"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Law Clerk in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King & Wood Mallesons part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    An international brand, and leading firm in Asia-Pacific/Australia

    Cons

    Long and unpredictable hours. Many late nights

    King & Wood Mallesons2019-08-01
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